The Devils Stay Alive, Force Game 6

Published on June 10th, 2012

Kings Jarret Stoll and Devisl Patrik Elias battling

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday June 8, 2012
The New Jersey Devils defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final to force a Game 6 Monday night in Los Angeles.  For the 4th time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Devils survived an elimination game.  They won two of these games in the 1st round against the Florida Panthers. 

In Game 5, the Devils got the important first goal of the game while on the power-play.  Kings Goalie Jonathan Quick misplayed the puck and Devils captain Zach Parise capitalized on it to give them a 1-0 lead at 12:45 of the 1st period.  The Kings roared back in the 2nd and tied it when winger Justin Williams wristed it past Devils goalie Marty Brodeur at 3:26 of the period.  The Devils responded quickly, however, with Bryce Salvador floating one past Quick at 9:05 to give them back the lead.  In the 3rd, the Kings mounted a decent attack to get the equalizing goal but Brodeur and the Devils’ defense prevailed to give them the victory.

The Kings now only lead the series 3-2 heading into Game 6 after winning the first three games. 

Brodeur on the Game 5 win said, “I thought we survived out there.  I don’t think we played our greatest game, but we found a way to win.  These are important games to win, especially at home, knowing these guys play really well, really solid on the road.  They had a lot of jump.  We got cornered a few times in our zone.  But we made some good blocks, key plays defensively to win this game.”

He added, “We’re still alive.  We have a chance… Right now we’re able to pull two tight games on our side, like they did in  Game  1  and  2.   So it’s a matter of us now going into a tough environment in L.A. to try to ruin the party again.  I think they’re so close to winning the Stanley Cup that I’m sure it’s getting to them a little bit, to be able to have all these chances and not capitalize on them.  We’re looking to just stay alive.  Got to win one more game.”

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